The insanely popular free-to-play action RPG Genshin Impact was confirmed for a Nintendo Switch release at the start of 2020, and since then there have been no official updates about the status of this version.
Tired of waiting, the good folks over at GoNintendo reached out to the publisher and developer miHoYo, and asked what was up. In a short statement, it's now been confirmed by miHoYo's global PR specialist, Xin Yang, that this version is still on the way:
"The Switch version is still in development, and we will release more information as we progress further along."
That's the extent of the update, but it at least shares enough to let Switch fans know that the game is still getting a Nintendo release. A rumour in May 2021 suggested the Switch version might have been delayed due to technical issues.
If we get any more news about Genshin Impact's Switch release, we'll be sure to let you know. Are you looking forward to this one? Do you already play this game on other platforms? Comment down below.
ugh... no, thank you. I'm so sick of seeing it everywhere already.
Has it really only been 2 years?
Game is garbage anyways. Just cancel it.
when it does come to Switch, they better give us Switch owners like an exclusive weapon and even a exclusive character and stuff like that.
That being said, it has been way too long for this so might as well just forget about it
Do people still play this game?
It's nice that they said something, but that something sounds like PR for "Stop bothering us"
@Serpenterror 61M monthly players state otherwise
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Switch Pro exclusive perhaps?
I tried it on PS4. Would like a paid full version without all the free-to-play crap.
People say that Genshin Impact is a copy of Breath of the Wild. I disagree. Breath of the Wild is a fun game.
This game just looks like a ripoff of Breath of the Wild (based on the few minutes of gameplay I saw anyways.) It’s completely soulless and devoid of personality.
Genshin Impact coming to the switch seems so dubious now.
uhh... yay. Who needs BOTW2 anymore?
@Mikmoomamimocki LOL that one took me a second. Good one
Surprisingly fun game, but honestly, I think the ship might have sailed at this point. How long does it take to port a game to the Switch?
Ya left it to long. Im no longer interested
I played it for a little bit, got a little hooked for… basically no reason. Once I realized I was just caught in it’s loop of doing daily quests I put it down. The free-to-play elements have you hitting walls of power scaling with the enemies I remember being caught in a spot where the world was at a level that I was barely able to survive in but the materials I needed to level up required extra hard bosses.
I would’ve preferred playing on the Switch but a 2 year delay is absolute insanity.
Also I know maybe this game isn’t the place for it but I wanted a more masculine character in it, like I know the audience and I get that anime has a certain style but can’t there be someone like Armstrong from Fullmetal Alchemist.
I don't play personally but there are still 60 million players a month including lots both on mobile and pc, so it seems a little silly no one can play on Switch. It would definitely need to stay cross-platform though so players don't have to start over.
I'm guessing they're waiting for Version 3.0 to add Switch compatibility. That was expected to release around August, but Version 2.7 has been delayed indefinitely due to a COVID outbreak (of a more advanced Omicron variant) causing a lockdown in China. I would guess 3.0 and therefore the Switch version would then release in Q4, but hard to say for sure.
Should’ve launched on switch. But really this game is far gone. The only ones left are the entrapped. Trying to get their moneys worth out of all the gambling they did. It has been what seems like 3 years since the game came out and there is still no game to be played. A husk of an open world filled with daily fetch quests and gambling to simulate the illusion of worthwhile quests to be completed. It doesn’t feel like an adventure just a big lobby.
I really hope this game gets a switch port soon because it looks genuinely fun.
(And before people say anything yes I do enjoy gacha games. Don’t question me)
No thanks. Not ever. Garbage.
It's 2022. For a gacha game, that's a lot that has been missed out. They need exclusive bonuses if they're ever gonna launch on the Switch to make up for that much lost time.
Someone got it working on a smartwatch lol
I started playing it close to when it came out, but had some issues with my account because I created it with an Apple ID and couldn't figure out how to sign in on my computer, so I put the game down and just waited for switch because I didn't really want to play on mobile. I think its a little too late now
I mainly play it on my PC, but I would not mind playing it on my Switch. It would give me a reason to play my Switch again. No joke, for the past year, Genshin Impact was the only game I almost exclusively played. Sure, I played other games, like Skyward Sword HD and Game Builder Garage, but it was Genshin Impact that I sunk most of my gaming time into.
But I honestly doubt it was for technical reasons, unless it has something to do with Nintendo's online infrastructure.
Hardware-wise, my Switch is more powerful than my iPhone 8, and my iPhone 8 can still run the game (although it does have a tendency to crash whenever I teleport).
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I think the lack of news comes from the legal side of things. It is likely a character like Link, Zelda, or someone from Fire Emblem, like Marth, Roy, or Ike will be playable in Genshin Impact, similar to Aloy from Horizon: Zero Dawn, but considering Nintendo's zeal in protecting their IP, they may not want their characters to appear on a rival platform (as in, the PlayStation).
My guess is if it truly is technical issues, it's because it stems from those legal issues, as in miHoYo/HoYoverse has to create an all-new, Switch-exclusive server, meaning there may not be any cross-play or cross-progression with other platforms, in order to prevent Nintendo's characters from appearing on the PlayStation.
And since I am currently at AR 56 (with the Adventure Rank cap being AR 60), it would suck if I had to start all over again on the Switch, especially when it comes to event-exclusive items and outfits.
@Serpenterror Why do I have a feeling you’ve never played it, watched anyone play it or know anything about it at all?
I mean, this is a good time to confirm it, as Genshin's patches have been delayed because of the Shanghai lock-down. But I have a feeling that a Switch version is low on the to-do list for MiHoYo.
@Luffink Pretty much.
@Ralizah Longer than you think. Unity is easy to port to other platforms, but optimizing it is a pain in the arse considering that the PS4 version isn't as well optimized.
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@Greatluigi It actually is really fun. I've spent almost the last year it exclusively. It's definitely a challenge, unlike any RPG I've ever played before, but I am now accustomed to it.
There's so much of the world to explore, and there's still regions and sub-regions being released: a year ago, we had the snowy mountain Dragonspine in the nation of Mondstadt, based on Germany, be released.
Recently, two underground sub-regions, Enkanomiya in the nation of Inazuma, based on Japan, and The Chasm in the nation of Liyue, based on China, having been released in the most recent updates.
And we also had the limited-time region of the Golden Apple Archipelago, which took place during last summer's event involving Spark Knight Klee. Sadly, that region was not a permanent mainstay, and there's no word on when or if it will come back.
Hopefully soon, though, we will get the nation of Sumeru, possibly based off of the Middle East or India; Fontaine, based on France; Natlan, based on the Americas; Snezhnaya, based on Russia; and finally Khaenri'ah, and any potential sub-regions that they have.
The story is also engaging. While the basic plot is similar to Fallout 4 (trying to find a loved one, only to discover they became the leader of the main antagonistic faction), the wealth of lore and world-building is astounding. And there is only more to come.
@AstroTheGamosian It's still a Gacha though.
I'd still like to see this come to Switch but I'm hesitant about the gatcha model and monetization. Surprised it still launched on mobile already yet still not on Switch? Also BOTW clones can't hold a candle to the real thing. If this game plays anything like Immortals Fenyx Rising (which it looks very similar to), it's gonna be a mess. Zelda's world feels so naturally integrated and you can turn off hud & UI for a better experience and immersion. It's hard to do that with most games and titles.
You gotta be kidding me
My interest has declined because it's been so long and has free to play.
I played the heck out of this game on my phone until I burned through all the story content and hit the endless summon grinding. I know there's been a lot more content added since then, but I'm not going back until I can use a controller. I can still feel the hand cramps.
I used to wait for the switch port, thank goodness I didn’t Lol. Tho I just can’t understand people calling it a botw clone, I went into the game with this mindset and was surprised how it wasn’t really at all, the only think they really took was the climbing and cooking, and maybe weapon finding but I don’t thinkIt’s owns this mechanic.
I pretty much agree with everyone when they say this version needs some special bonuses, the amount of content and re rolls they will have missed is ridiculous, And with all the time it’s took I expected a stable frame rate with the port.
@Mikmoomamimocki I really don’t understand the comparison, it’s so different.
good to hear it's still coming also @ModdedInkling it doesn't matter if you missed out on content that they released because the game is mainly single player anyway and it's advertised as such
It’s nothing but button mashing while starting at cooldown bars combat and exploration without the thrill of danger and excitement you get from BOTW, cutscenes are nothing but advisements for the gacha characters, resource gathering in BOTW is concise while Genshin has the exploitive gatcha trope of having a limitless amount of resources you have to grind that makes upgrading Kafkaesque, weapons in the game exist as filler for gatcha pulls as you desperately burn your wallet trying to get the characters they manipulate you into wanting.
@Serpenterror it's free so i dun mind
That’s all I have to say.
They shouldn't bother to be perfectly honest.
This game's world is beautiful. The music is on another level. It was a big surprise when I gave it a chance at release. The gacha structure penalizes the fun? Yes. But I'd definitely vote for having this thing available on my Switch to play it from time to time.
@Ralizah it's taking extra long to port to switch (which apparently is pretty easy considering it's basically just android versions)
because they focus all their time and effort on the cash-grabby gambling updates.
Like almost everyone on this comment section
So much SALT on this comment thread. Lol
IMO It’s a really good game but has some glaring flaws
Might as well not bother now that there's not any hype left. I mean who has a switch but not a phone? Nobody outside of 13 year olds and under and I don't see them being big spenders in the gacha pool.
It was a fun enough game (much more enjoyable than BoTW to me) but after they expanded the map and such it started to lag for me on higher settings, plus the gacha rate is rather disgusting if you don't want to spend a hundred bucks for a "waifu".
Can't imagine how blurry they will have to make it on the switch to stay close to 30fps...
You must not have played far beyond the beginning, if you think button mashing is all there is to it. In the open world you can probably get by with that only if you don't mind fights taking several times longer than they should, but in boss fights and such, unless you are over leveled, this wouldn't get you very far.
Especially not in Spiral Abyss.
Also, the game gives you one hell of a lot of characters even if you don't pay any money at all, if you just play the game. You just need the basic level of self control to not want a specific character at all cost.
Otherwise you are good.
@Serpenterror is it? Have you played it?
It is kinda funny.
I mean, sure, the game has it's flaws, but if you read the comments here, you would think that the game is like a 2/10 or something.
The game is genuinly fun though and for being a gacha game, you really don't need to spend any money in it at all.
@Kirgo 100% it’s clear reading many they haven’t played it, just being judgemental. That said if I didn’t play it I’d be bored of all the adverts, YouTube videos, coverage etc. that is still going after 18 months.
It’s a funny game parts of it are 10/10 other parts 6/10, plus there’s gacha. Despite putting far too many hours into it I flip flop on whether I’d actually recommend it to anyone. It IS a time sink by design which is the biggest problem.
In all honesty..i would love a Switch port. Despite what memes that come from people that have never played the game have said, Genshin is genuinely pretty solid, not perfect, but it has a lot going for it. The music is, by far, THE most consistantly good OST out of any video game. Hands down. The visuals look fantastic. The design of the map is incredible. The writing is better than BOTW, mainly because Genshin actually has a story instead of 20 cutscenes and a few books. (Still love BOTW's story). The gameplay is surprisingly engaging, with all of the characters bringing something unique to the table. But, it isn't perfect, as i said. The gacha mechanics sure are gacha mechanics..but i dunno, i feel as if some people are a bit too strict on them, they're still gacha mechanics..but it could be SO much worse. The resin grind hits HARD in the late game. It isn't "finished" (which is dumb, do people just expect the devs to drop 4 MASSIVE new areas, with god knows how many characters, sub areas, quests and whatnot in a few weeks?) But, at least it's free. If you can, go check it out at the very least, don't let memes comparing it to Metal Gear Rising Revengance decide your opinion on a decently widely available game.
I am in a similar position about it, not sure if I recommend it, though I guess I am more on the side of "yes".
It probably helps in my case, that I am grinding far less than I should, most of the time just doing my dailys, unless of course there is new story stuff.
Been playing since day 1, with some months break in between.
Even with that low level of grinding commitment, I got about half of all 5* characters and all 4* characters.
Have got the 5€ per month pass for a few months now, but mainly because I got so much free playtime out of this game, that I just felt like it is justified at this point.
I still spend very little, considering how much AAA games cost, and got much more playtime out of it. That is a plus, I would argue.
Lol this game is totally finished just waitng for to be approved by nintendo..imagine this game on eshop while zelda sequel to be released
Edit: so i except end of the year 2023
@Kirgo in a very similar boat. Played since day 1. Ultra-low spend, I’ve spent less than the price of one game, but didn’t have to at all.
Like you have about 40% of the 5 star character and (almost) all 4 stars. Not enough 5 star weapons though, that’s the main F2P difference, but I’ve got a few best in slot ones for my main DPS characters. Most decent 4 stars I have at C6 (C5 for Bennett!!!).
It’s a really good game at its core. But I don’t like the time sink it is, even just doing dailies. Love/hate but can’t escape 😂 core gameplay is just too good
@themightyant Got 4 4* Weapons myself, though the 4* weapons are good enough I would say, so I am not worried about that too much.
Got some random constellations for my 5* characters as well, like a C2 Jean even though I didn't plan on using her, apparently the game wants me to, lol.
@Kirgo Nice! Meanwhile I got C3 Qiqi 🤣😂😔😢😭
I seem to lose every 50:50 on the character banner.
That said I get very lucky on weapons. Redhorn for Itto, Primordial Jade Spear for Xiao, Engulfing Lightning for Raiden, Aquila Favonia for Bennett, and R2 Wolfs Gravestone for Diluc. (Last two were on standard banner)
Enjoy the game
@GsPandem Yes! the MUSIC is wonderful.
So much variety and every region has a different musical influence. 10/10. I deliberately take a long time on some bosses like Stormterror just to hear the crescendo. (Ganyu kills him in 10 seconds lol)
And you’re right it does SOME things better than BOTW even if it’s isn’t nearly as good a game imho
I've played around 60 hours on the ps5 version and it's absolutely beautiful, not once whilst playing it have I thought I was playing a zelda game, people people seem to draw comparisons just because you can glide and climb walls which people "think" Nintendo did first, and two of the enemies looking similar to Bokoblins/Moblins.
Its a great gacha game if not the best gacha game out there right now, and you don't even need to spend money to enjoy it, just don't level up your world too fast
@UltimateOtaku91 I don't play that much but I've had my account since launch day on PS4 and when the wife got me a new/capable phone this year I started playing it again. I agree with you and for me its the best f2p mobile game hands down. Can't find anything else worthy of my time on mobile. Cross progression also works great and should the Switch version get a release sometime I would definitely play it for easier controls in handheld. Very demanding on the phone specs though so I understand why the port is taking longer than expected
Glad they've finally given an update, would love to see this on Switch! Hu Tao supremacy 😏👻
I think they’ve missed the boat with that one. Move along.
Glad to hear they didn't cancel the Switch version. I'm still interested in checking this game out.
I’d probably play it, though I’d be ashamed of myself for playing a game that’s basically someone badly describing BOTW over the phone to a developer only used to making phone games
@themightyant I've played it clocking almost 300 hours already. Yeah it's fun. Collect your waifu and grind some more. Personally I'd still say they shouldn't bother. The game runs mediocre on mobile phones so what more on the Switch? And in my experience playing the game with friends, it's pretty clear MiHoYo doesn't really care about the players when it comes to rewards, returns, and whatnot even if you already thrown a hefty amount already into the game. I'd rather recommend Honkai Impact. Oldie but goldie.
@Mikmoomamimocki That's some emotional destruction right there and I love it
Wait, it was coming to Switch? Huh.
They should save themselves the trouble and not bother.
Not saying the game isn't worth it, just thinking that the game is designed to compete with Asobimo games (like Toram or Avabel), these type of games don't work well on consoles, they're built with mobile in mind.
They can be ported but you'd ideally want to play on an actual phone. Hence why the majority of the advertising points towards mobile game.
@NatiaAdamo But it's not the whole game. It's a part of the game, yes, but not the whole game. And you don't have to pay any real-life money for it if you don't want to. It may take longer to acquire the resources necessary to make the gacha pulls, but it is still possible through normal gameplay. It's entirely possible to get by playing F2P (free-to-play).
That, coupled with the pity mechanic (between 60-90 pulls), and the fact that limited-time character banners get reruns compared to other gacha games, and the fact that many of the easily-acquired 4-star characters (such as Noelle, one of my mains) are just as good as or even better than some of the rarer 5-star characters makes the gacha system in Genshin Impact incredibly fair in my eyes.
Plus, some characters can be acquired through normal gameplay. Your starting party (Traveler, Amber, Kaeya, Lisa) is acquired through playing the Prologue Chapter of the Archon Questline, and other characters, like Xinyan and Xingqiu, can actually be acquired by meeting certain requirements during limited time events.
And if there is one character you are guaranteed in the gacha system, it's Noelle. She is a claymore-wielding maid with the Knights of Favonius whose Elemental Skill (her element is Geo, by the way) can deploy a shield that protects not only her, but the entire party.
But if you play as her while the shield is deployed, it can heal both Noelle and the rest of the party when attacking enemies; if you get C1 Noelle, the chance of healing is 100%, making her an excellent support character.
Plus, if you get C4 Noelle, her shield can actually damage opponents when it expires or breaks; and if it happens while an enemy is affected by another element, it causes the Crystallize reaction, which drops an item that you can pick up to generate an elemental shield, which can help protect you until the cooldown for Noelle's Elemental Skill expires.
It's for these reasons and more that fans call her the true Geo Archon, despite only being 4-star, because Zhongli (the official Geo Archon and a 5-star character only available during his limited-time character banner) is nowhere near as useful as she is.
The salt in this comment section is hilarious, you guys see any game that slightly resembles anything Nintendo made and call it trash
Actually just stop making it! 🤗
@Bizaster and why would they do that?
I'm really excited for this considering my ayn odin can't invert aim settings this will be great to have portably. It's a gacha game, and sure it's kind of frustrating if you can't get a character that you want. However, the core gameplay is great and the team customization is wonderful. Looking forward to having a dedicated switch version here soon.
Wonder if this game or MP4 will drop on Switch first
@crashcontrol obviously, they wouldn’t. The game is just ass so I was making a hilarious joke™️ In the comments
@Bizaster The game is ass in your opinion™️
I for one am happy to hear this. I'll play this game on Switch. It was fun on my phone but it lags.
Im looking forward to playing this on switch
It will come out right after Fall Guys
This games really intensive on ram so it's not surprising given the switch doesn't have much
Oh thank God, I was so worried about this I could barely sleep at night.
So ***** funny everyone is on either side of the coin in the comments.
But I can't wait, I played some of it on my laptop before it died for good on me and my only complaint was my laptop took 2 minutes in the loading screen ;-; (it was a 2014 laptop lol)
The rest was perfectly fine I can't wait to play on switch (let's hope my SD card is big enough)
Genshin is fun. I hope it continues to succeed.
A lot of coping in this comment section that a free to play gacha game is so popular.
But of course mUh bReATh oF tHe WiLd CoPy
I'm filled with rage at this news. Time to go smash my ps4 🙃
It's pretty funny how the game is basically switch game rip off, but then they have trouble to put this game on switch.
Seems like its really hard and challenging to port a 2 years old mobile game on Switch. Maybe Switch is in need of a hardware upgrade but its a victim of its own success
I'm really curious to see how the port turns out considering how the PS4 and Xbox one struggle to run it.
BotW rip off with micro transactions. No thanks.
@ShadowofTwilight22 open world adventure game that allows you to climb anything or glide off of anything, appears in lists of "games you should play if you liked breath of the wild". Sure, nothing like it 😂. Enjoy your micro transactions, sucker.
Isn't this a Chinese, or Korean game anyways? Somebody tell me 1 good game from either place, and I'll......uh.....give you a dollar, or something I guess.
For some reason I have a feeling they are going to make Genshin Impact a non-free to play game for the Switch and make it a fully retail game for $80 CAD. Now that would be a surprise.
@AstralRedStar705 Plenty of good Chinese and Korean games out there, just gotta find them. Personally Genshin Impact is one of the good games out there imo.
@IceEarthGuard Agree to disagree, but I guess I'm just picky.
I guess some of us would rather keep playing BoTW, the first ever open world game (all others are copies) and the only one that matters, until BoTW2 comes out. Sometime... soon?
Just keep playing the only open world game 6 years. Then when BoTW2 comes out there will be 2 open world games! That's double! Might have to quit my job to play all these games.
This game is pretty darn amazing on my moto and yet I can't play it on the switch still This game looks stunning and is imo quite lively
@AstralRedStar705 White Day: A Labyrinth Named School. It's a Korean game.
@Vyacheslav333 Cool another one to avoid thanks!
@greengecko007 Wow that's quite the collection you've got there! Mines a bit bigger though...
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